How do you put “it (life)” in context? My work is not only the fruit of me. It is a culmination of other people, other places and other things. All these things I learned with time and age.
How has your life experience formed your sense of what it means to be human? “ I felt that I had control of my life and I do have control of my life but at the same time I am very aware that I don’t. I have been proven, so many times, coincidence or whatever, situations, that something else was, someone or something else put me in situations and I had no control over that.
I almost didn’t do _____________ because of a choice that I could have made. What if, then I make a choice and not making the choice would have put me somewhere else. And then life proved me differently.
In a way I try to control what I do but at the same time I like to dance with whatever rhythm life propose to me.
God gives us the opportunity for the best possible life for us individually. Not all lives are equal. Not everyone has the same opportunities. Not everyone gets the opportunity of life in a certain place in time, in a certain comunity, under a certain political environment, under a certain religious order. But we all are equally given life with it’s own unique unfolding range of choices and opportunities. It is up to each of us to choose grasp those opportunities or choose to pass them buy. The choices and actions we take on the unique opportunities are informed by our perception of reality and our world vision. We DO have influence on the world vision that we hold. We DO have influence on our perception on our reality. We do have influence on our choices. To tell ourselves otherwise is a lie. We have the opportunity to rob ourselves of the best possible life by choosing to close our mind to greater possibilities. By choosing to avoid taking resonsability for our actions. By choosing to hold onto our pride and our anger over choosing for happyness. We are saying “I would rather be right than be happy.”.
The best possible life is characterised by the Christian world vision.
Christ’s Example of Humility
2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Lights in the World
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.
“work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” – called to battle your ” selfish ambition” and pride.
ALL arguments stem from “you are not meeting my needs”. PRIDE.
14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish